Dan Meske was a member of the Buckeye squad from 2003-07, playing in nearly 400 sets spanning over 100 matches in his career. He served primarily as a defensive specialist in his first three seasons before earning a spot on the outside as a senior in 2007.
As a hitter, Meske averaged 3.04 kills while attacking .356 during the ’07 campaign. He made 18 starts and was named to the All-MIVA Second Team that season when Ohio State brought home the MIVA regular season title and posted an overall record of 23-4.
In total, the Willow Spring, Ill., native registered 378 career digs, 221 kills, 34 aces and 28 blocks.
Below is a first-person update from Meske:
After my time as a Buckeye, I crossed over to the dark side and began my coaching career on the women’s side with Nebraska. I was there as a volunteer, GA, and assistant coach from 2007-2014. I also played one season professionally in Indonesia. From there I spent two years as the head coach at Augustana (2015-2016) in Sioux Falls, S.D., and last year accepted an assistant job at the University of Louisville. It’s been nice being back in the eastern time zone and closer to Columbus and a lot of the alumni.
My wife, Laurel, played volleyball at Creighton and was an assistant coach at Drake when we got married. She now coaches 14 and under volleyball for Brett Versen (Buckeye in 2007) at his club, MAVA.
We have two boys (Ryne and Maddox) and are expecting our third in July!